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Age Check Technical Evaluation

The purpose of technical evaluation is to check and test that your system has been built and deployed in accordance with your policies.

Evaluation is part of our certification process. It is usually carried out at our Testing Studio or remotely, but it could be carried out at the location of your principal place of business or where your decision makers are based.

Your policies must be consistent with the law, regulations and standards applicable in the jurisdictions that you operate in; must be compatible with the rules of our scheme and must reflect, support and enhance best practice.

How do we carry out technical evaluation?

Our auditors will conduct a technical evaluation of your systems to ensure that their programming and performance are in accordance with your policies. The technical evaluation is undertaken by a technical specialist and is subsequent to the policy and quality evaluation.

The Technical Evaluation includes, where applicable:

  • Bona Fide Test Crew Presentation – we can utilise a test crew of 18 – 21 year olds (currently – in future this will be broader) for bona fide presentation to age estimation AI. Through this we can assess the various false/accurate accept rates; skin tone analysis; gender; age grouping; disfigurement; etc.
  • Presentation Attack Detection – we can assess PAD for both human-likeness, but not liveness analysis and also for identity assets presentation (both genuine and false identity assets). We can utilise different presentation attack instruments, PAI species, and PAI series. We can test for 2D and 3D presentation objects. This is sometimes more commonly known as anti-spoofing testing.
  • Detection Device Analysis – we can assess performance on multiple forms of detection devices – webcams, tablets, cameras, mobile telephones – different operating systems (such as Android, ios, etc.) and at different presentation intensity, distance and angles. We can also test device integrated equipment, such as gaming machines or till systems, subject to them being made available to us at the testing studio.
  • Ambient and Directed Lighting Analysis – this is testing system capabilities under different types of ambient light, either presented at the presentation object or at the detection device. This includes for different light levels from supermarket-style overhead LED lighting, to pub-style sodium lighting, to casino-style multi coloured lighting, to strobe lighting and anything in between. We also have the capability for internal and outdoor lighting. The lighting can be directed ambient to the presentation object (i.e. the person being age estimated) or the detection device (i.e. the camera) or both.
  • Electronic Identity Document Validation Technologies – this is testing system capabilities on identifying ID documents (such as Passports, Driving Licences or other official ID Cards), being able to extract relevant data from those documents (such as through Machine Readable Zones (MRZ) or Near Field Communication (NFC)) and present that data accurately to enable effective Age Determination.
  • Social Proofing – is analysis, with a user’s consent, of their digital footprint and the related social graphs, which can be interrogated to determine the veracity of a self-asserted This is the ability of systems to gain proof of age through analysis of the social contacts a citizen has and asking those social contacts to verify or confirm the age attributes of the citizen.
  • Parental Consent – this is the process of identifying and verifying a digital parent or capable guardian related to or responsible for a citizen and gaining verification of the age group of the citizen through information provided by that parent or capable guardian.
  • Biometric Subject Behaviours – We can assess systems deployed for identifying and analysing subject behaviours (such as squeezing together one's fingers in hand geometry and a biometric presentation in response to a directive cue which are both voluntary reactions)
  • In situ Testing – this is the testing of deployed units in real world scenarios. Typically, this comes after the initial certification and is part of the certification monitoring that is put in place to make sure that systems continue to perform as expected.
What standards, laws or regulations apply to technical testing?

There may be local law restrictions in certain jurisdictions that would limit or curtail aspects of technical evaluation.

How do I get our age check system technically evaluated?

The first stage of gaining certification for your system is for us to undertake an Application Review in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065:2012. There is no fee for the completion of an application review.

During the application review:

  • Define the scope of certification;
  • Confirm the means available to perform all evaluation activities;
  • Confirm our competence and ability to perform the certification activity;
  • Confirm a plan for audit and evaluation;
  • Provide an Estimated Fee for our Certification Services

Useful information about our technical evaluation

  • ISO 9001:2015


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